Smoky Sweet Potato Noodles with Feta and Hazelnuts

My picky toddler suddenly thinks vegetables are evil. I have no idea where she picked this up because we’ve been feeding them to her for her whole life, but she has entered the phase where she adamantly declares that they’re “yucky.” My current trick for getting her to eat veggies includes using the Spiralizer Attachment for the Kitchenaid® Stand Mixer to cut veggies into noodles. On the list of things my toddler adores? Pasta (also cheese). She slurped down these smoky sweet potato noodles with feta and hazelnuts without batting an eye. For now, I’ve won as a mom. The spiralizer attachment is any mom’s new best friend.

The best part about these noodles is that they’ll please a toddler but the flavors are still interesting enough to impress adults. It’s the perfect holiday side dish if you ask me! Mix up the traditional sweet potato casserole with this spiralized sweet potato dish that’s got way more intrigue while taking way less time, and it will surely impress your guests.

The spiralizer peels and cuts the noodles in just a few seconds making the prep for this side dish super easy. Plus, the spiralized sweet potatoes are also sturdy enough to keep in the fridge for a couple days, cooked or uncooked. When cut as noodles, sweet potatoes take just a few minutes to cook up in a simmering pan of brown butter, making them a cinch to cook up! Dinner couldn’t be easier. Make them for the holidays, to serve dinner guests, or as an easy weeknight dinner – you won’t be disappointed.

As an easy weeknight dinner, it feels hearty and filling, while still being vegetable-forward. I love how easy the spiralizer makes it to add vegetables to my diet quickly.

Cut the ends off of the sweet potatoes to make them an even circumference. Attach the Spiralizer Attachment for the Kitchenaid® Stand Mixer, and insert the food skewer, peeler, medium noodle blade. Place one sweet potato onto the food skewer and slide the cutting blade to line up with the center of the other end of the sweet potato.

Turn the stand mixer to medium speed and spiralize the sweet potato.

Toss the sweet potatoes in smoked paprika and set aside.

Melt the butter in a skillet from the KitchenAid® Tri-Ply Copper 10-Piece Set. Cook, stirring, until the butter begins to smell toasty. Add the sweet potato noodles, tossing in the butter. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 5-10 minutes.

Transfer the cooked sweet potato noodles to a serving platter. Taste and adjust seasoning. Top with crumbled feta and chopped hazelnuts. Serve warm.

I love vegetable side dishes that let the flavors of the vegetables shine, and this is one of those dishes. The smoked paprika add just a little bit of smokiness that balances the potato’s natural sweetness, while French feta adds a creamy tang, and dry roasted hazelnuts add texture and nutty notes that complement the brown butter beautifully. This would be the star of any holiday table!

Have you used a spiralizer before? What’s your favorite vegetable to spiralize?

Smoky Sweet Potato Noodles with Feta and Hazelnuts

Yields: 4 side servings

INGREDIENTS

2 large sweet potatoes, of constant circumference (about 2.5-3 pounds)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
¼ cup unsalted butter
2 ounces French feta, crumbled
1/3 cup dry roasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Prepare your sweet potatoes by cutting off the ends to create an even sweet potato tube no longer than 5.5 inches. Attach the Spiralizer Attachment for the Kitchenaid® Stand Mixer. Insert the food skewer, peeler, medium noodle blade. Place the center of one end of the sweet potato onto the food skewer, then slide the noodle blade to line up with the center of the other end of the sweet potato, pressing to help stabilize the potato. Make sure the peeler is resting on the outside skin-edge of the sweet potato.

Turn the Stand Mixer to medium and watch your sweet potato spiralize, discarding the peel as it goes.

In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes in smoked paprika.

Working in batches, or if you have a pan that is large enough, melt the butter in a skillet from the KitchenAid® Tri-Ply Copper 10-Piece Set. Cook until the butter just begins to smell toasty, then add the sweet potato noodles, tossing to coat in butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I used about ¼ teaspoon of each). Cook, stirring, until the sweet potatoes begin to soften to your liking, about 5-10 minutes.

Transfer the cooked sweet potato noodles to a serving platter. Taste and adjust seasoning. Top with crumbled feta and chopped hazelnuts. Serve warm.

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